KidsAccomplish Executive Board 2016/2017
The perfect team — students who are passionate about education and youth development.
"I love that KidsAccomplish! creates a space for children to freely pursue their interests, share their creative ideas and learn from each other's knowledge and strengths. KidsAccomplish! is also where our volunteers can share their knowledge with the kids - but of course, our volunteers end up learning a great deal from the children as well. Children are really so bright and inquisitive, and it's really refreshing to spend my Saturdays with them!"
Sheryl is currently a second-year student, undecided about whether she likes Psychology or Urban Studies better. She really values relationships with others, and hopes that she can make a real change to others no matter what occupation she pursues. Some of her favourite things include doing sports, singing, and having meaningful conversations.
“Education as an academic topic has greatly interested me since I first started volunteering at a special needs’ school at the age of 15. I believe education is a basic right for all children and it is my calling to not just make education accessible to those who have no access to it, but also to make education more meaningful to the youth in general. In a competitive society like Singapore, education can seem like an achievement rather than a process of learning and growing. I once read something that has stuck with me for a very long time. I read that many adults turn out to be uncompassionate and insensitive to others because they had not experienced enough kindness and enough exposure to others’ circumstances when they were kids. I wish to impact as many kids as possible with kindness and understanding in the hope that they grow up to be great adults.”
Adila is a sophomore at Yale-NUS College who hails from Bangladesh but has called Singapore home for the past 8 years. Apart from her interest in education, Adila is also passionate about colonial history and branding in firms. Adila also serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications in Yale-NUS Student Investment Group and assists an economics professor in her research on the Philippines’ education system. In her free time, Adila likes to watch reality TV shows and try to grow her own herbs and tomatoes.
"Growing up with two younger siblings, I loved seeing their spontaneous creativity and their growth over the years. I see the same creativity and growth in the kids at KidsAccomplish!. They're progress is truly inspiring, and I love being part of the process. It's important for kids to learn to love learning rather than see it as a chore."
Tiffany is a freshman at Yale-NUS College who was born and raised in the United States. She loves the international experience of studying in Singapore. Although she hasn't declared her major yet, she's interested in working in finance and loves literature. In her free time, you'll probably find her nose-deep in a poetry book.
"The first thing that drew me into KidsAccomplish! is the opportunity to interact with kids during college -- talking to people of the same age can get old real quick. The lesson planning process is always challenging trying to incorporate the ridiculous ideas I have for class. However, the joy and thrill that comes from watching the kids understand difficult concepts independently, learning from them through their insightful quips and having fun together during lessons makes everything worthwhile."
Gertie is currently a sophomore studying Urban Studies, where she is most interested in how urban social problems arise and how the built environment can exacerbate/mitigate the problems. She has an adorable younger brother who is the reason why she likes to interact with kids.
"My favorite part of KidsAccomplish! is definitely the diversity of lessons, concepts, and skills we have engaged with and how the students have been so ready to try these new ideas with us. From theatre, to tea making, to political theory, the absolute breadth of ideas we've been able to engage the children with has been nothing short of incredible. We constantly push ourselves to extend and innovate our pedagogy, and this has kept the organizational spirit of reinvention strong!"
Yogesh is a freshie at Yale-NUS College and has worked with KidsAccomplish! for the past 3 years since its inception. His academic interests include history, particularly Southeast Asian and Singaporean history, as well as literature and global affairs. Beyond academics, his hobbies include sleeping, video editing, and engaging in faux-witty conversations.
"When I first heard of KidsAccomplish!, I was immediately drawn to want to volunteer at their weekly sessions. I believe that engaging kids to think about our everyday current affairs and the tensions that surround them through a safe and fun place is crucial to enabling them to be personally invested in the world beyond the classroom, and to then hopefully begin to take small steps in changing it to a better place."
Natalie is currently a freshman who is undecided about her major because she cannot seem to choose either an Arts or Science route. She really enjoys interacting with kids and feels that she often plays along as a peer rather than a teacher, until she remembers she has several essays due that night. If she is not joking around with the kids, she is usually snapping photos with her camera and updating KidsAccomplish!'s social media pages.
"I like the space created by KidsAccomplish! - with running kids eager to learn, share and play, there is hardly a space like that in Yale-NUS College! Although sometimes it is difficult to get a hold of those packets of high energy, being in this unique space somehow makes me enthusiastic and optimistic about life and all its hidden treasures. It is hard not to get affected by the infectious vibes of curiosity from kids :)"
Chu Hsien is a junior who is majoring in Life Sciences. Her interests mainly lie in dissecting the intersection between the mind, brain and behavior of herself and her fellow human beings. She finds meaning in spending her time absorbing ideas from past thinkers, people-watching or simply having a light-hearted conversation with her dear ones.
"I really like that KidsAccomplish! is constantly on the lookout for new endeavours and initiatives to improve our programme! Into our third year now, KidsAccomplish! has grown from 10 volunteers to 30 volunteers, from 18 students to 45 students. But we still continue to constantly innovate and enhance our curriculum, pedagogy and training. It is this sort of growth mindset which we embody and hope to inspire in the students we teach."
Saza is a third-year Anthropology student and she is fascinated by the way anthropology complicates and problematizes our social relations, cultures and assumptions all the time. She is currently serving as President of the Student Government at Yale-NUS, and so she spends her spare time thinking of ways to make the student experience better, improving relationships with senior leadership, and not stressing too much over bad decisions she might make. Saza hopes to be in a management position in the UN one day!
Past Elective Managers
"I enjoy the curiosity and the enthusiasm on the part of the students in the program. Their questions constantly expose blind-spots and assumptions within my own thinking, and I leave every lesson having learned something new about the topic which I’ve been ostensibly teaching them. I also enjoy just having the opportunity to give back some of what I’ve been lucky enough to learn these past few years, both throughout high school and in college."
Patrick is a second-year philosophy major. He is primarily interested in political theory and normative philosophy, although he maintains interests in economics, mathematics, and game theory. Recently, he has become increasingly concerned about the logic of nuclear deterrence.
"Every Saturday, I marvel at kids' ability to simultaneously be complex and simple. Upon growing up, I have found myself overthinking simple scenarios and glossing over concepts that require complex thought. In KidsAccomplish! I relearn curious, complex thinking from the students every time when they integrate concepts and ask me if "neuronal electrical impulses mean our body functions as a circuit." And also learn to simplify my life by following their simple, one-step solutions to life problems, words of wisdom sprinkled across their playful break, "if you get stressed, just play with my slime stress-ball"."
Anandita is a sophomore deeply in love with Psychology. Through research in mindset and motivation, she especially wants to explore Psychology's contributions to pedagogy. She believes that abilities and interests are ever expanding, inversely proportional only to laziness!